About Us

About Us

The Lismore Toy Library was first established in 1985. For more than 30 years, the Lismore Toy Library has enabled families in Lismore and surrounds to borrow high-quality resources/toys at a low cost. The Lismore Toy Library has approximately 1000 toys/resources for loan for children 0-8 years which encourage developmental learning through play.
Run entirely by volunteers, the service is open twice a week, during term time, on the ground floor of the Lismore Library. During these sessions, carers and children are welcome to stay and play with the library’s toys and browse toys to borrow.
Our mission
The Lismore Toy Library Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that enables members to borrow high quality resources for children at a low cost. We aim to foster the cognitive, social and physical development of children, and are run by volunteers who are committed to learning through play, environmental sustainability, and providing a safe and welcoming environment.
Our volunteers
Without volunteers the Toy Library would not be possible! There are many ways to volunteer with the Lismore Toy Library – on the front desk roster twice a term, at working bees, helping out with repairs or as a member of the committee. It’s a wonderful way to get to know other parents and children, and your children can play alongside you. As a volunteer, you receive training and support and the opportunity to learn useful new skills!



What is a toy library?

Toy libraries are where fun, creativity and play are valued and promoted!

At a toy library you can borrow from a vast array of well made toys that have been designed to support your child’s skill development and imagination. Toy libraries aim to support families and encourage togetherness with quality time spent playing with children.

Toy libraries do have some fundamental characteristics. They:

  • Provide quality educational items for loan.
  • Are inexpensive (an annual membership is charged).
  • Principally cater for younger children.
  • Have a range of items covering all stages of growth and development.
  • Provide an opportunity to meet other caregivers to share concerns, interact with others and make new friends.
  • Help parents and carers learn about the ages and stages of child development.
  • Completely run by volunteers.

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Why join a toy library?

There are many benefits of being a member of a toy library. These include:

  • Having access to hundreds of toys.
  • Borrowing toys that are matched to your child’s individual need, stage of development and interests.
  • Borrowing toys that are designed to facilitate a particular skill development in children e.g. threading beads to assist fine motor skills.
  • Having a resource to assist and guide you in appropriate toy selection.
  • Avoiding storage issues of multiple or bulky toys.
  • Helping the environment by borrowing rather than purchasing.
  • Meeting other families.
  • Having an opportunity to try toys before you buy, therefore ensuring successful toy purchases.
  • Being a part of your community.


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